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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

HAPPY THOUGHTS & DOINGS

I DESPERATELY NEED A CHANGE OF PACE AND THOUGHTS.

How about a nice bowl of Strawberries???
 I have been collecting and making for a couple of years...
more so recently.  
These are such fun for me.
There are so many ways that you can embellish them...
that's the part I enjoy the most.
It's great deviation from the time consuming 
 'counted cross-stitch'. (I am a slow stitcher)
It's more like "instant gratification".

Here's one more shot of the same strawberries... 
just want to keep you bored with my mundane doings.
For now,
I'm Goin' to work on some of my Cross stitch...
Ooopps....Well, variety is good for what ails ya.

No More TV ... just prayers for those who need it.

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Peace & Blessings to all,
Barb

P.S. To previous post...Sad and Scary!

These were taken just before sunset, last night.
 Today more of the same...

Please PRAY for the people and animals...

'GOD BLESS AMERICA'

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2nd time in a week...

Last week it was the 'Pilot Fire'...
NOW














(Blue Cut fire)
The Cajon/Devore
We are being ravaged with soot, smoke, losses and sadness...The loss of animal life is overwhelming.  
Thank God, so far no human life has been lost...
Close calls but none so far.

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Pictures taken from our back yard.
We are on the East side of the Mojave River in 
Apple Valley, CA.  The river is underground, no surface water to be seen.  .I have been  told the Mojave River flows North and East, underground in most places, through Hesperia, Victorville, and Barstow...opposite of what rivers West of the 'Continental Divide' run.
So again, we spend our time indoors...
the air is too unhealthy.  
None-the-less, 
we have much for which to be Thankful...

~GOD BLESS US ALL~

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Monday, August 8, 2016

PUNCH NEEDLE ORNAMENTS

I am burnt out...
Almost finished...
2 of each = 8
Each design is a little different from the original 
Can you see the difference?
 Background fabric is NOT good, but I am burned out
sooo... it is what it is.
Will be making one more of each design
hopefully before Christmas. 
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We are having heavy smoke and ashes directly 
over our home from the 'Pilot Fire'.
It is burning on the  north side of San Bernardino Mtns.
Just below Lake Arrowhead.
We have no pine trees, just dried brush...still
very flammable.  Lucky for us we are on the East Shore of the Mojave  River...a lot of sand, NO  WATER, NO Trees,
Only the ones we planted ...7 to be exact. 
Over 4500 Acres have burned and it is VERY WINDY...
NOT A GOOD COMBINATION in 90 plus degree temps.
I am talking about two different kinds of burn outs...
my emotions and the really bad kind.
My emotions will subside, but these Fires are
devastating in so many ways...and recovery can be
painful and long term. 
So I pray for those who need it more than I.

Peace and Blessings for all,
GOD BLESS AMERICA
 * * *
Barb


Friday, July 22, 2016

KODY'S KROW #2 & Cone Flowers


'KODY'S KROW'

This one is rusty/black metal
Posing in our front yard holding a pail of 
'Succulent String of Bananas.'
Thanks, Marly...I just had to have him.

My Cone Flowers  are Blooming...
I Love these.

We will display some our 4th of July Flags all of July.
Welcoming everyone on the Bistro Table.
Thought I'd take these pictures before it reaches 106.

"God Bless America"
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Peace to all.



Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ADDING BUMBLE BEE PINS TO SUNFLOWER PIN CUSHION

JUST GOT THESE...
TOO CUTE TO NOT INCLUDE 2 OF THEM TO
 MY SUNFLOWER PINCUSHION / PINKEEP...
Go to my Earlier Listing for more info
on my OOAK, Sunflower Pin Cushion...

 They are made of hand blown glass...
I just had to have these. 


Hope you agree, they are soo sweet.

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Enjoy the day and keep KOOL...Peace for ALL,
Barb

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tiny PIN CUSHION/KEEP and FLOSS KEEP POT


~So sweet & Tiny ~ 
~3" round pin cushion/keep~
Stuffed with crushed English Walnut Shells, 
mini pin cushion/keep.
Made to fit snugly inside the pot.
I have 3 left, using vintage, flowered, cocoa colored, homespun fabric.  
Added a Mother of Pearl, flower shaped button in the center. 

 Can be used as a stand alone,
tiny 3" round pin cushion/keep.

Great addition to your "Punch Needle Needfuls".

This "FARM FRESH", Floss Keep Pot 
with tiny, PIN CUSHION/KEEP

FOR SALE

$15.00 PLUS Shipping.   

If interested 
Click HERE

Thanks again for visiting...Love to get your thoughts on my Floss Keep Pots w/ Pin Cushion/Keep.

As always, Peace and may 


"GOD BLESS AMERICA"

Barb
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A NEEDFUL FLOSS KEEP POT with LID

I have been working on these sweet, prim looking  
NEEDFUL FLOSS KEEP POTS 
for the last few days.  
I LUV Punch Needle Art, and have been inspired to do something for the floss to help keep it 
organized and out of the way while punching.
Sooo...
here is what I have been thinking & creating.
  Paper mache pots have been sealed 
and painted inside and out, 
top and bottom. 

A generous Center hole was added 
in the LID for the thread.  
The pot is 3" x 3" x 3" with enough 
room for more than one spool of floss...
one of which is then pulled thru the 
neat and tidy hole, 
ready to thread the punch needle.

Aged trim was secured to the lid's rim. 

The exterior of the bottom of the pot
was sealed & painted charcoal.


 I found various primitive prints that 
fit the project very nicely.


I am delighted (hope you are too) with how 
great these turned out...
surely to become a Puncher's Dream come true.
 
These would be terrific gifts for special 
'punching' friends 
OR 
Treat yourself Too.

FARM FRESH ~ SOLD
Let Freedom Ring-SHEEP ~ SOLD

Asking $12 each POT (PLUS SHIPPING)
(will combine shipping for additional items.)

...If interested...click HERE

momshoresbarb1@yahoo.com

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As always Peace to ALL,
Barb  

'GOD BLESS AMERICA'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MY SUNFLOWER PINCUSHION ~ OOAK

I LOVE THIS PINCUSHION
It is securely mounted (NO glue) on a vintage, wooden, textile spool that is 4 1/2" tall.  
The wool is all hand dyed and felted...Sunflower center
 is 3 1/2" round and has been firmly stuffed with poly fil.  
Black, glass beads were added for extra interest.
Yellow sunflower petals radiate to a 7" diameter.
It is all firmly sewn and attached to the green wool
which is secured, again NO glue, to bakelite top of bobbin.



This has been handcrafted from my own pattern, 
~ OOAK ~



2 BUMBLE BEE PINS Included

Asking $36.00 ~ plus Shipping
If Interested...click HERE
momshoresbarb1@yahoo.com
(I accept PayPal, checks and M.O.s)

Enjoy the day ... PEACE for all,
...God Bless America...
Barb

Saturday, June 18, 2016

TRYING TO LEARN KNITTING ? ? ?

TRYING TO KNIT ? ? ?
This is a 'Tasha Tudor Kindred Spirit Shawl'...
I have admired her art and 1900's way of life (although not for me as I like the modern conveniences too well).  

Tasha Tudo'rs hand knit shwla

For those who are not familiar she lived in Vermont Without running water, had a well, No electricity, used candles and lanterns and cooked over her wood burning stove & fireplace...so they say and it is written as such.


Here she is knitting and wearing one of her shawls and this is the design I am striving for.
It is just a big triangle that is wrapped around shoulders, secured with a shawl kind of pin to keep you warm and cozy during those bitter cold winter months just like in VT. 
 ~ ~ ~
My counted cross stitching is progressing very slowly, 
in between learning to knit.
There are way too many eyelet stitches that really slow me down.  but, that's what I get for not looking closer, before I decided to do this...I really like the sampler look. 
It is a SAL pattern from Blackbird Designs.

I try to get some of it done daily and knit a little bit daily...Just does not always work out.
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Just wanted to say Hi and for the Dads to
Enjoy the Father's Day weekend ahead...
We are staying home and kicking back as they say.
Maybe BBQ if not too windy and HOT (104 degrees).
 Peace for Everyone,
Barb

Monday, June 6, 2016

GOD BLESS AMERICA


JUNE 6, 1944
THE INVASION of NORMANDY

... History D Day The Longest Day Public Domain Clip Art Photos and Images

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE
A COMRADE IN ARMS
KNOWN BUT TO GOD

AMEN

Friday, June 3, 2016

PUNCH NEEDLE Christmas Ornaments

Getting ready to do a Punch Needle Demonstration
"Christmas in July"
on the 28th of July.
Will be doing these 4 designs from one of 
 Primitive Gatherings wool applique patterns.
Myself and other members of 'Creative Crafters' 
will be demonstrating Punch Needle techniques
using these for some of the samples.  
I will be making two more of each for Sandy's and 
my cypress tree that we decorate 
for the kitchen/nook area of our home.

These too will be included in our decorating. 
They were made and used for our 
Families last year's Holiday Festivities.
The 'St Nick" Star Santa is Doreen Frost's pattern.
~Just too cute~ 

The Demonstration will surely be Lots of Fun 
and provide enjoyable camaraderie for our members 
and non-members too...All are Welcome!

Just thought you might like to know...
Enjoy the rest of the day with much Peace for all,
Barb

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~GOD BLESS AMERICA~



Saturday, May 28, 2016

STRAWBERRIES and a HELIANTHUS

I worked on these most of the week.
Now back to housework...YUK!
Here a some of my red velvet strawberry pinkeeps...
 The one with the bead cap ('tis SOLD) is filled with walnut shells, blanket stitched around the leaves and made a matching twisted chord for two of the bigger ones.  
The next one in the center has blanket stitching around the leaves, feather stitched the seam and did a fly stitch for the leaf veins.  This one is filled with poly fill.  
The small one in the back I made some time ago...It travels with me everywhere I go...not much fancy work but this is what started it all.  I have been so inspired by all the others I see on the internet, I just had to give it a try.  I find it very soothing and relaxing.

STRAWBERRY #1 (SOLD)

STRAWBERRY #2

 MY KEEPER...
Goes with me everywhere. 


Here is my HELIANTHUS Pinkeep...    
(Being offered up FOR SALE)
commonly known as the Common Sunflower
Those are black beads in the center.
Mounted it on a vintage textile spool.  
I love how it is now elevated for easy reaching 
and keeping pins handy.  
I am making another for ME.

Yes, you guessed it, there is a small strawberry at the base.  Made it of vintage aged butter, yellow velvet and stuffed it with carded wool, tiny blanket stitches around the leaves, added a MOP ring and a twisted fob chord


Top view - Looking down. 
LOVE IT!
 I am in the process of making another for my friend 
who just so happens LOVES the Helianthus.
It will be a surprise, so no names mentioned.


I have an update for my cone flowers...
 Our Bunny figurine stands at attention with his patriotic flag 
Just in time for this Special Memorial Day Weekend,
overseeing the Cone Flower Garden/Echinacea.
 Gots to go...

If anyone is interested I will be offering my Pinkeeps
up for sale on EBAY.

If interested???
You can click on "My Ebay Auctions" in the 
upper left corner of this Blog.
or email me at 
mombarbshores1@yahoo.com.

In the meantime I will
TTYL, Have a Blessed Day with Peace for all...
 Barb

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~God Bless America~ 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

IT'S BEEN WEEKS...I'M BACK

I really have been busy with not much to show for it.  
Just want to show a picture of my Echinacea/Cone Flower that made it thru the winter.  
This one survived my brown thumb.
I am so proud of it.
I have two more planted around this small cluster of rocks
 and they seem to be doing very well too.

Not much luck with plants as I killed my 'Meyers Lemon Tree'.
Thought I was doing all the right things.
Apparently it did not like the desert's summer heat and winter's cold nights.
Anyways, I finally gave up on it after much babying and determined
that I could grow a potted Meyers in the Mojave Desert.
Maybe it really wasn't my brown thumb after all???

Started a herb garden...So far it is OK.
I even purchased some worm castings with hopes of
 NOT being a total failure and getting a Green Thumb this summer.
Will update you on this ... MAYBE!

I have been doing punch needle ornaments for a demonstration for our
Creative Crafters group here in Del Webb of Apple Valley.
Am also attempting knitting.  I want a Tasha Tudor Kindred Spirits Shawl.
Since I tend to be something of a tight wad, I figured
I could knit one.  I do not know how to knit YET.
PLUS
I am making velvet strawberry emery pinkeeps. 
I love them... the more the merrier. 
Will show them to you as soon as they are ready.

Hubs is hungry, gots to get off this puter and get him some grub...
Maybe 'Subway', (hehehe) they are close by.

Enjoy the rest of the week end...it is sunny here with too much wind.

TTYL with Peace for all,
Barb

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P.S. - "Go Trump"